I had a day out this week and took my wife to Donna Nook to see the new born seals. I’d been last year so I knew what to expect but Mandy was blown away by the sheer number of seals almost in touching distance and the beauty of these new born pups.
I’m sure if she could she would have filled the car up with these adorable critters. She was living every moment, watching them to make sure they were breathing, checking they were near their mums and imploring the mums to feed them when they called. It was just like when our two boys were tiny.
You would have to have a heavy heart not to get swept up by nature playing out in front of you. Mums giving birth, dads fighting to father next years pups and the young just getting fat enough to survive the winter. After all the shit in Paris and other parts of the world it was brilliant to bask in the beauty of this world we try so hard to screw up!
I don’t seem to have posted any pictures for ages what with publishing a book and all that (search Amazon for a Year Looking for Kingfishers plug plug) so here’s a few from my recent days out.
A couple of weeks ago I published my first and probably only book. I’d decided to do it whilst sat waiting on various riverbanks for a kingfisher to allow me to take its picture! As you’ll know I’ve spent a lot of last year sat around waiting and it gave me time to think, plan and map out the journey I’d been on.
I’d done a little bit of research into self publishing and Amazon seemed simple and easy with a huge potential market to tap into. The book itself didn’t take very long to write, I had most of it already in my head and I had hundreds of pictures to use to illustrate it.
The Amazon process allows you to put the book together in a Word document, drop in your pictures and then add some simple formatting. Once you’ve done that and used a spell checker and two or three people to proof read your document you’re ready to go.
You then simply drag and drop the files to Amazon and they send you an e-mail to say your book is being prepared and should be available on the site within 72 hours. Being the impatient type I checked after an hour and there it was, ready to be bought by anyone virtually anywhere in the world.
Obviously I bought a copy straight away!
Two days later I checked to see if anyone else had bought it and imagine my excitement when displayed next to the book was the words No 1 Best Seller in Nature and Wildlife Photography!! How many had I sold? Will I regret saying all proceeds would go to the nature reserve, I could be a millionaire !!!!
A Year Looking For Kingfishers
21 Oct 2015
by Steve Midgley
Well let me tell you, it certainly doesn’t take as many books as you’d think to be a No1 Best Seller on Amazon !! But I don’t care, I’ve sold some and not all to family members, my ego’s had a boost and I’ll be able to donate some money to Cromwell Bottom nature reserve. Cartoonist, author and photographer. A job well done I say.
If you’ve followed my blog for awhile you may have noticed my obsession with tracking down and photographing a kingfisher. It was a year long quest and so I decided to write a book about it.
Its one of those E-books and is available in the Kindle store on Amazon right across the world!! And it has been the Number 1 best seller in the Nature and Wildlife photography section. All proceeds will be going to my local nature reserve so if you like wildlife photography why not give it a read, and its a complete bargain. You don’t need a Kindle just the Kindle app so why not boost my ego and help a good cause.
The UK link is http://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Looking-Kingfishers-Steve-Midgley-ebook/dp/B0170GY7PK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1446586573&sr=1-1&keywords=a+year+looking+for+kingfishers
The US link is http://www.amazon.com/Year-Looking-Kingfishers-Steve-Midgley-ebook/dp/B0170GY7PK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1446586573&sr=1-1&keywords=a+year+looking+for+kingfishers
I know it’s not a kingfisher, there’s more to it than those pesky birds!!